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Below you will find the women in our Education category along with a short bio and photo (if available).

Please vote for your favorite in each group. There are two groups of two.

Malala Yousafzai
Mary McLeod Bethune
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Malala Yousafzai


By daring to go to school as a young teen, Malala defied Pakistani extremists and their violent attacks and became a global icon for the importance of educating girls. Because of Malala’s heroic and eloquent statements for girls’ education, she was awarded at age 17 the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2014. “I don't want to be thought of as the ‘girl who was shot by the Taliban’ but the ‘girl who fought for education’," she said. “This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.” She is the founder of the Malala Fund, which advocates for international, national and local level policy and system changes that give girls access to a high quality education.


Mary McLeod Bethune


Born in 1875, Mary McLeod Bethune was equal parts educator, politician, and social visionary. Mary McLeod Bethune was one of the most prominent African American women of the first half of the twentieth century--and one of the most powerful. Known as the "First Lady of the Struggle," she devoted her career to improving the lives of African Americans through education and political and economic empowerment, first through the school she founded, Bethune-Cookman College, later as president of the National Council of Negro Women, and then as a top black administrator in the Roosevelt administration.


"Women hold up half the sky."

Chinese Proverb